Some importers don’t have the expertise, or the time, to find and manage manufacturing partners in China. They need help from an external sourcing agency to handle these tasks:
Identifying, screening, and qualifying new suppliers;
Help in developing new products/styles with suppliers;
Ongoing management of the supplier relationships, including quality control and shipments followup.
I listed below the 10 most common mistakes to avoid.
Even the best sourcing agency will have a hart time getting you low prices, on-time shipments, and consistently great quality. If someone promises this to you, you are not talking to a professional.
Know what is most important to you, and plan accordingly. For example, if you absolutely need on-time and high-quality products, then you cannot work with the cheapest manufacturers.